There's a lot of similarities to the hike up to Rockbound Lake behind Castle Mountain: a moderately long saunter up to a lake in a big glacial basin. But this hike is better, in that it gets into the open in 3 km instead of 7 km, gets to the start of the area to explore in 7 km instead of 9 km, and offers a lot more in the way of low energy exploring.
The beginning 3 km of roots and mud (at least half a dozen small creeks need to be hopped) aren't that interesting, and don't offer much in the way of views. Still, you get the occasional glimpse of Crowfoot Glacier...
|Looks more like a glacier in the summer|
|Munching on Indian Paintbrush|
|Creeks in the basin|
|Helen Lake. Cirque Peak rises above|
|Fuzzy face, up close|
|Cirque. The ramp up the right blocked by snow. You gotta climb cliffs|
|Two folks climbing the cliffs|
Instead, we decided to wander past Katherine Lake and over to Dolomite Pass.
|Dolomite Pass in the distance|
|Katherine Lake under Mt. Dolomite|
|Katherine up close|
|Wide, deep and cold, to boot|
|Looking back after crossing. We crossed just off the right side|
Dolomite Pass isn't much to look at. You can't see down into the valley of Dolomite Creek. You can see big mountains across it and around ther creek's headwaters.
|An unnamed lake. Note the two tents|
|KC at the pass|
|Looking back. Cirque Peak on the right. Helen Lake over the ridge|
On our way back, we decided to climb and walk the ridge.
|We're aiming for the left side of the ridge|
|KC ascending. Dolomite Pass in the background|
|Looking up the ridge. Cirque Peak peeks above it on the right.|
|Climbing to the high point|
|The trail up skirts the treeline on the left. Crowfoot Glacier upper left|
|Way down the valley sits...|
|Cirque Peak and our ridge|
|Lennies over Cirque|
|Not tire tracks. Not bike tracks. People tracks.|
|Our route in GoogleEarth|